(3) Alabama - 22, (22) South Carolina - 6
- Roll Tide.com
October 17, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- No. 2 Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC) got a career game from
sophomore running back Mark Ingram capped by a five yard touchdown
run late in the fourth quarter that gave Alabama a 20-6 lead and put
away a tough No. 22 South Carolina (5-2, 2-2 SEC) team on Homecoming
at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night.
Mark Ingram dives in the end zone for the game clinching touchdown
during the game and ran for 246 yards against the South Carolina
Ingram rushed for a career-high 246 yards on 24 carries, the most
yards ever amassed by an Alabama back at Bryant-Denny Stadium. On the
Tideís final drive, Ingram carried the ball on all six plays, moving
the team 68 yards down the field for the game-sealing touchdown.
South Carolina began its opening possession of the game in Alabama
territory after a long kickoff return and 15-yard facemask penalty,
but the Tide defense quickly snatched the momentum away when sophomore
safety Mark Barron picked off Stephen Garciaís first pass and returned
it 77 yards for a touchdown. That score, just more than a minute
into the game, would be the only touchdown for either team until
Ingramís five-yard dive with 4:54 left in the fourth quarter.
The Alabama offense moved the ball effectively in the first half but
was plagued by turnovers. Junior Greg McElroy threw two interceptions
and lost a fumbled snap before the break. On the second interception,
Julio Jones stripped South Carolinaís C.C. Whitlock, recovering the
ball and allowing the Tide to move down for a Leigh Tiffin field goal
that made the score 10-0 late in the first quarter.
South Carolina got on the board in the second quarter with a 22-yard
Spencer Lanning field goal set up by a 52-yard reception by Alshon
Jeffery. Both teams mounted drives late in the first half that
resulted in field goals to make the score 13-6 entering the break.
Ingram was the workhorse for the Tide offense in the first half
accounting for 146 of Alabamaís 207 yards prior to intermission.
Ingram had 14 carries, five of which went for more than 10 yards.
The third quarter belonged to the defenses as neither team entered
the red zone or scored a point. Senior Lorenzo Washington sacked
Garcia on the final play of the quarter, forcing the Gamecocks to
attempt a 50-yard field goal to start the fourth that came up short.
The Alabama defense pressured Garcia all night sacking the Gamecock
quarterback five times and hurrying him many times more. Senior
defensive back Tyrone King led the team with 1.5 sacks. Barron led
the Tide with eight tackles to go along with his interception and
After Ingramís score, South Carolina moved down inside the 10-yard
line, but the Tide defense denied the Gamecocks the touchdown,
forcing a turnover on downs. Alabama has not allowed a touchdown in
the past two games. Senior cornerback Marquis Johnson was tested
numerous times in the red zone, but he rose to the occasion each
time and tallied six pass break-ups, equaling the Alabama single-game
record for pass breakups.
Alabama finished with 356 yards of total offense compared to 278 for
South Carolina. McElroy completed 10-of-20 passes for 92 yards. Garcia
went 20-of-46 for 214 yards. Adding to his impressive day, Ingram led
Alabama in receiving with two catches for 23 yards giving him 269
yards of total offense.
The Crimson Tide continues a three-game home stand when Tennessee
visits Tuscaloosa next Saturday, Oct. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for
2:30 p.m. Central Time on CBS.